The Secret Spitfires

In 1940, the Germans succeeded in destroying the Spitfire factories in Southampton, believing that in doing so they’d put an end to the threat from their nemesis. But unknown to them, the British decided to build Spitfires in secret…

With a workforce mainly made up of unskilled young girls, boys, women, elderly men and a handful of engineers, around 2,500 Spitfires were built in cities and rural towns in southern England, hidden in sheds, garages, back gardens, a bus depot and even a hotel.

The story behind this amazing achievement is revealed in a new film, The Secret Spitfires, which has its East Midlands pre-release screening at the National Civil War Centre in Newark on Friday 24 November.

Set against a backdrop of picturesque English countryside, it features tales of terrible sadness along with more joyous moments shared by GIs and the RAF pilots who fly the iconic Spitfires today, a Glen Miller concert and a Joe Louis boxing match.

Concluding with a moving poem written by a Spitfire pilot, read by Vera Lynne, this screening starts at 7pm. Tickets are £10 each and are available online or by calling 07746 576521 – for a taste of what’s in store, watch the film trailer here…

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Getting crafty for Christmas

It’s all about crafts and Christmas in the second of this week’s interviews, when Michelle Baker and Sally Harrison join the Girls Around Town to talk about The Bestest, Craftiest Christmas Weekend Ever!

With demonstrations, children’s activities, goodie bags and a gift-wrapping service all on offer throughout the weekend, you’ll find plenty to see and do at the Newark Craft Hub in London Road Car Park on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December..

Michelle and Sally will have news too of craft workshops taking place both days. If you fancy sewing a Santa sack, Christmas bunting or a stocking, making a Christmas crystal star with The Bead Queen, a Christmas jumper with The Great British Sewing Bee‘s Tracey Symonds or a felted Santa Claus with Kim from The Tinkering Faeries, they’ve got it covered!

Visit the website to book places on any of the workshops – and tune in or listen online from 11am on Sunday when June and Tina find out more what’s in store…